Skincare Tips for Rainy Season
Our skin is prone to damage during the rainy season due to the adverse effects of the humidity, pollution and the harmful UV rays of the sun. Besides this, the risk of fungal infection increases due to accumulation of sweat and dirt on the skin. We shouldn't ignore and must take care of our skin during the rains like in any other season. Find in this post, skincare remedies for every skin type that will help you glow throughout the season.
For Normal Skin: Prepare a paste of one custard apple and blend it well. To it, add 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 cup milk and a few drops of chamomile. It hydrates & nourishes the skin well. Make a paste of gram flour in raw milk. Add a few drops of lemon to the same. Before taking a bath, scrub the paste on your body in circular motions for few minutes. This would not only exfoliate dead skin but would be helpful to give you a clean and glowing skin.
For Dry Skin: Apply a tbsp of curd mixed with a few drops of lemon juice. To sooth the skin one may apply curd with honey too. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes before you wash it off. Another remedy is to apply Aloe vera gel over your skin. It will not only moisturize the skin, it will also form a protective layer that will keep impurities from entering your pores. Those with a dry skin can try adding 2 tbsp of pomegranate seeds and 1 cup uncooked oatmeal. Pour it in a bowl; stir in 2 tbsp each of honey and buttermilk. Apply to face for a few minutes, then rinse.
For Oily Skin : Take 2 tbsp papaya pulp, 1 tbsp curd, a tsp aloe vera gel and mix it. Add a few drops of lavender oil to this mixture and over the skin. Another useful remedy is to mix tomato pulp well with a few drops of lemon juice & apply it over skin. Leave it 10-15 minutes. Application of a paste of fuller’s earth with sandal powder, rose water and a few drops of lemon will help get rid of excess oil and tighten the skin pores.
Combination Skin: For such a skin, blend 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries and mix it with 1 cup yogurt, and 1½ tbsp honey. Regularly apply it on face for a soft, supple and smooth skin. Mix fuller’s earth with rose water to make a smooth paste & apply on your skin. Wash it off after it dries completely.
Diet and Care During the Rainy Season
During monsoon try to eat fresh cooked food and well-cooked food. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals. Remember to nourish your skin from the inside too – eat salads blanched in boiling water to disinfect them, vegetable soup which will keep you warm and healthy. Try and avoid spicy and greasy foods. People who face skin allergies during monsoon should not eat spicy food because spicy food stimulates the circulation and raises body temperature, which leads to skin irritation, allergies and diseases.
One should have yogurt instead of milk and should add almonds to the diet. Drink plenty of water and keep body well hydrated. Don’t step out without sunscreen protection! As long as there is daylight, our skin needs protection from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you step out and re-apply every three to four hours. Use anti-bacterial soaps and face wash and talcum to keep your skin dry.